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Pope Recognises Martyrdom of American Priest Shot Dead in Guatemala CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 5, 2016 ... Rother's deacons and parishioners were left in front of his church and soon he received numerous death threats over his opposition to the presence of the Guatemalan military in the area. Though he returned to Oklahoma for a brief period, he returned to the Guatemalan village to remain with the people he had grown to love during the more than dozen years he lived there. He was shot dead the age of 46 in the rectory of his church in Santiago Atitlan. Government officials there ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/pope-recognises-martyrdom-of-american.html

Womenpriests Serve in Hope Catholic Church Will Open Door to Leadership Roles CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 4, 2016 There are more than 140 Roman Catholic womenpriests worldwide. But the Catholic Church doesn't recognize them because of a longstanding policy that forbids the ordination of women. Indianapolis Congregation Embraces Inclusive Church At first glance, the Sunday mass at Indiana's Interchurch Center in Indianapolis may not appear much different than those you'd see in traditional Catholic churches. There's singing, praying and the offering ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/womenpriests-serve-in-hope-catholic.html

21 Days of Thankfulness: My Photographic Attitude of Gratitude Project (Day 21) Men of Faith PRINTS OF GRACE - November 24, 2016 ... the Catholic faith. We've been blessed beyond measure to have so many men of faith to inspire, instruct, and mentor us. Mary Kate and Rick Vivacqua (aka Stitch, my Godfather) have been part of our family for years. I know Stitch's prayers and friendship with my dad ever since they went to St. John Fisher College together helped my dad get through some really tough times without giving up hope or faith in God. They say to choose your friends wisely, for you become what they ...http://printsofgrace.blogspot.com/2016/11/21-Days-of-Thankfulness-My-Attitude-of-Gratitude-Project-Day-21-Men-of-Faith.html

Commission on Women Deacons to Hold First Meeting This Week CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 22, 2016 The new Vatican commission studying the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Church will be meeting in Rome for the first time as a full group this week. The dates of the meeting, November 25-26, was first reported on Saturday by Newsday , which spoke to commission member and NCR columnist Phyllis Zagano. Pope Francis' creation of the commission, formally known as the Study Commission on the Women's Diaconate, has been seen as signalling an historic ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/commission-on-women-deacons-to-hold.html

Catholic Priests in Ireland: A 'Lost Tribe' CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 20, 2016 The lot of the Irish Catholic priest has rarely been more difficult. It might be argued that even in the persecuted past they were in a better place. Then they were revered as heroic for bringing spiritual comfort to the faithful at the risk of dungeon, fire and sword. Not so today. As Fr Brendan Hoban of the Association of Catholic Priests memorably put it at their annual general meeting in Athlone on Wednesday, they feel "reviled, insulted, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/catholic-priests-in-ireland-lost-tribe.html

The Catholic Church Has a Plan to Compensate Sexual-Abuse Victims, but Many Will Get Nothing CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 16, 2016 ... 2013, 79% of officials in the New York Archdiocese — which includes diocesan priests, deacons, religious priests, brothers, and sisters — are from religious orders. 'Never seen anything like it' Neal Gumpel, right, and his wife, Helen, regularly demonstrate against the church and Society of Jesus outside the gates of Fordham University, a Jesuit school in the Bronx, New York. Neal Gumpel Gumpel has tried many avenues for recourse with the church. In many ways the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-catholic-church-has-plan-to.html

Catholic Laity Group Calls for Female Priests and Clerical Marriage CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 9, 2016 ... Catholic Church Reform International group, the Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) said that "along with Pope Francis, reformers recognise that in the current teaching of the Church, the Magisterium is without authority to ordain women". This was due to Pope John Paul's apostolic letter of 1994, which they described as "an impediment to full removal of gender discrimination from priestly ministry". However, they noted that "the Biblical Commission appointed in 1976, by ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/catholic-laity-group-calls-for-female.html

The Jesuits and Women Priests PERSPECTIVE - November 6, 2016 ... deacons." .... frankly, even if there were not women deacons in the past, I would still argue for ordaining women deacons today, just as I would argue for ordaining women priests. True, Jesus did not pick any women for the Twelve Apostles, but he did not pick any gentiles either. We would really have a priest shortage today if the priesthood was limited to Jewish Christians. The church today does many things that Jesus and the early Christians ...http://povcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-jesuits-and-women-priests.html

On Women Clergy, Pope Francis Fears 'Disease' of Clericalism (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 4, 2016 ... likely to approach it: What he sees as the "disease" of clericalism, and the danger of clericalism setting the tone for discussions of women in the Church. Despite the fact that he stands today at the apex of the clerical pecking order, there's a sense in which Pope Francis is the most anti-clerical pontiff in Catholic history. His jeremiads against clerical power and privilege have become the stuff of legend, and one has the sense when he uses the word "clericalism" that he's ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/on-women-clergy-pope-francis-fears.html

Francis Proves Catholic Church Still Needs a Reformation (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 4, 2016 What a way to screw up a celebration of the Reformation! And prove that the Catholic church still needs one! Pope Francis weighed in on the question of women priests ... suggesting that it will never happen. In so doing, he quoted his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who was implacably opposed. Francis had stirred some hope among people (like myself) who favor the ordination of women when he started that commission to study the question of women deacons. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/11/francis-proves-catholic-church-still.html

Pope Francis Says Women Can Never Be Priests PERSPECTIVE - November 2, 2016 Pope Francis Says Ban on Female Priests Is Likely to Endure The Roman Catholic Church's teaching that women cannot be ordained as priests is likely to last forever, Pope Francis said on Tuesday as he flew back to Rome from Sweden. Francis had traveled to Sweden for a historic ceremony commemorating the year leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. He was embraced at an ecumenical church service by the primate of the Church of Sweden, Archbishop ...http://povcrystal.blogspot.com/2016/11/pope-francis-says-women-can-never-be.html

'I Want to See Women Priests in the Catholic Church' CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 28, 2016 Pope Francis still has a lot of work to do on a range of moral issues despite encouraging comments from the Catholic Church head, leaders of Sweden's Lutherans say ahead of his visit to the country. "It is clear that he has said and done things that have ignited much hope among many Catholics and even many people outside the Catholic Church," Sweden's first female Lutheran Archbishop, Antje Jackelén, told AFP. Stockholm Bishop Eva Brunne hailed ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/i-want-to-see-women-priests-in-catholic.html

Tuesday Quote of the Week Ccclxv ADAM'S ALE - October 24, 2016 ... increasingly met." from Andrew Sullivan's article, "I Used to Be a Human Being" in New York Magazine. Thanks to M. W. IN OTHER NEWS : T his is being posted a day early because tomorrow morning is Fr. Leonard's brother's funeral: 10:00AM at St. Vincent Parish, Akron. C ongratulation to the eight men who were ordained transitional deacons in the Diocese of Cleveland this past Saturday! God bless you! H ow many seminarians are there in the diocese of Cleveland? Here are those ...http://clevelandpriest.blogspot.com/2016/10/tuesday-quote-of-week-ccclxv.html

Deacons and Priests Need to Work Together Καθολικός διάκονος - October 22, 2016 Yesterday I mentioned that last weekend, along with my brother deacons and many of their wives, I was privileged to once again participate in our diocese's annual weekend-long deacon retreat. It's always a joy to see, spend time among, and talk to many of my brother deacons. One thing that remains clear to me after nearly 13 years of being a permanent Roman Catholic deacon is, generally speaking, priests don't care much for ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/10/deacons-and-priests-need-to-work.html

Catholic Churches in County Look at Re-Configuration CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 16, 2016 More Catholic churches in Lawrence County would close some time after 2018 in a re-configuration model discussed Wednesday at Mary Mother of Hope Parish. Bob DeWitt of the Pittsburgh Diocese, who conducted the meeting, emphasized that no decisions have made and the configurations could change. He said the diocese can no longer staff and support all existing churches because of a declining number of priests and church attendance which has fallen by 40 percent in recent years. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/catholic-churches-in-county-look-at-re.html

Dioceses of Anchorage, Arlington Get New Bishops CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 4, 2016 ... Catholic University of America, and has recently completed a 5-year term as Co-Chair of the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue, which is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. In an initial Oct. 4 statement on his appointment as the new Bishop of Arlington, Burbidge said serving in Raleigh has been a "profound pleasure," and that he has never forgotten the "warmth and love" he was welcomed with. He thanked the priests, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/dioceses-of-anchorage-arlington-get-new.html

Chaldean Bishops Order Priests Who Fled Iraq to Return Home CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 2, 2016 Chaldean Catholic bishops have said that priests and monks who left their dioceses and monasteries in Iraq without formal permission to emigrate are "raising doubts among [the] faithful". A statement by 20 bishops urged these priests and monks to "leave their current dioceses [abroad] immediately". The statement also said the Chaldean Church would proceed with the cause for canonisation of Catholics martyred in Iraq since 2003, including Archbishop Faraj Rahho, Fr Ragheed ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/chaldean-bishops-order-priests-who-fled.html

Canadian Archbishop to Accept Award From Women's Ordination Advocacy Group 'FutureChurch' CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 25, 2016 A Canadian archbishop has agreed to accept an award from a dissident U.S. Catholic group tonight for his work in promoting female deacons within the Catholic Church during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome. Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of the Gatineau diocese in Quebec will receive the award from FutureChurch for what the group called his "visionary proposal during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome calling on bishops to discuss ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/canadian-archbishop-to-accept-award.html

Latin Church Changes Canons for Eastern Catholics, Orthodox BYZANTINE, TEXAS - September 15, 2016 VATICAN CITY ( Crux ) - In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2016/09/rome-changes-canon-laws-related-to.html

Changing Canon Law, Pope Brings Latin and Eastern Practices Closer CLERICAL WHISPERS - September 15, 2016 In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church. The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage. After more ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/09/changing-canon-law-pope-brings-latin.html

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